Wednesday 25 January 2017

German party unveils anti-Islam policy initiatives

Published 01/05/2016 | 16:51

A ban on minarets is one of the policies announced
A ban on minarets is one of the policies announced

Members of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party have backed a political programme that says Islam does not belong to Germany and supports a ban against minarets, muezzin calls and headscarves for women and girls in school.

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The party, also known by its acronyms AfD, has been growing in popularity and political influence as it campaigns on an anti-Islam platform. It was holding a conference on Sunday.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly said Islam does belong to Germany and religious freedom is also part of the country's constitution.

An estimated 16 million people - 20% of Germany's population - have an immigrant background with a majority coming from Muslim countries like Turkey, Lebanon or Morocco.

Germany also saw over one million asylum-seekers enter last year, many from Syria.

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